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The OM-D meets some dancers

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by With_Eyes_Unclouded, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. With_Eyes_Unclouded

    With_Eyes_Unclouded Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 17, 2012
    Vassilios
    Three of them, to be precise, all very talented, well mannered and determined.

    Also, two different locations and several kg of flour :tongue::tongue:

    Anyway, if you like you can check the results and tell me what you think. The best way is through my portfolio at 500px:

    Eyes Unclouded Portfolio on 500px (Dance Photography)

    It will get updated with new shots during the next days. :wink:

    We can discuss, if anyone is interested, about the technical details and numerous issues (not with the camera) I had to solve... In any case, I hope you enjoy the photos!

    Upon request from fellow members, here are a couple pics from the set:

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    <a href="http://500px.com/photo/41376128">Swirl</a>
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    4. "Shoot for the sky by Vassilios Zacharitsev on 500px.com" border="0" style="margin: 0 0 5px 0;">
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    <a href="http://500px.com/photo/41399228">Shoot for the sky</a>
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    4. "Scarlet Witch by Vassilios Zacharitsev on 500px.com" border="0" style="margin: 0 0 5px 0;">
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    <a href="http://500px.com/photo/41442344">Scarlet Witch</a>
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  2. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Mikey
    Definitely enjoyed them. I'm a fan of portrait/action photography, especially since I have little to no experience in it. Kudos!
     
  3. gnb40

    gnb40 Mu-43 Regular

    75
    Jul 9, 2011
    Maryland
    Gary
    Very, very nice! Balancing the light and shooting with the dancers must have been a challenge. Like to see more. Really like the locations you picked.
     
  4. With_Eyes_Unclouded

    With_Eyes_Unclouded Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 17, 2012
    Vassilios
    Thanks guys!

    More photos will follow. Have to say, the major challenges were with the lighting. I DO need some serious on-location lighting solution... All these were done with simple speedlites and modifiers, but the flashes (or, rather, the combination of flashes, triggers and.... batteries) proved unreliable... :frown: I had literaly dozens of lost shots due to the flashes not firing or firing at lower power, etc.
     
  5. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    Fabulous set!
     
  6. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 14, 2010
    Finland
    Teemu
    Great stuff! :)
     
  7. 0dBm

    0dBm Mu-43 Top Veteran

    859
    Jun 30, 2011
    Western United States
    Very interesting images. Thanks for sharing.
     
  8. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    My favourites are 6,8,11 - with the flour, I have seen this done before and the lighting is critical so it captures the flour and the dancer as well as allowing movement and impact.

    I hear what you say about unreliable flash triggering and for this work you do need multiple units to capture from all angles without throwing light on the black background.

    I have also seen it done with coloured flour using white backgrounds and often that works even better and allows for easier lighting set ups.

    Reliable, well triggered/controlled multiple flash units with light modifiers is the secret and strobes if powerful enough should suffice (Olympus FL-50R units would work but stupidly expensive).

    Nice set though and thanks for sharing.
     
  9. With_Eyes_Unclouded

    With_Eyes_Unclouded Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 17, 2012
    Vassilios
    Thanks for the kind words guys! Some more photos uploaded. :wink:

    Technically speaking, the main problems were with overheating the speedlites, since I often had to shoot in burst mode.

    In general, I'm seeking a reliable and highly portable lighting solution. I'm going to travel a lot during the next year or so, both in Greece and in some parts of Europe, and I try to arrange for at least one photo-shooting in each place I visit (for work or vacation).

    I've been looking at solutions like the Godox AD-360 (a.k.a. Cheetah Stand, a.k.a. Lencarta Atom), as well as the Lencarta Safari Li-On and other similar. My whole shooting aparatus has to fit in two moderate camera/gear bags, since I'll be travelling by plane in several cases.
     
  10. slothead

    slothead Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 14, 2012
    Frederick, MD
    Don't see any images...
     
  11. With_Eyes_Unclouded

    With_Eyes_Unclouded Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 17, 2012
    Vassilios
    Tom, see link in my OP.
     
  12. lakemcd

    lakemcd Mu-43 Regular

    176
    May 27, 2013
    Montana
    Gary
    Beautiful 2 tubs up
     
  13. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Sam
    Lovely set!
     
  14. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    It would be nice and inviting if, along with the link, the O.P. posted any low-res picture.
    You know, make it a proper forum thread and that.
    Here's a smiley : :smile:
     
  15. With_Eyes_Unclouded

    With_Eyes_Unclouded Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 17, 2012
    Vassilios
    I hear you. :smile: Didn't want to overload the thread, but added a few "teaser" images to the OP. :wink:
     
  16. With_Eyes_Unclouded

    With_Eyes_Unclouded Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 17, 2012
    Vassilios
    Finished uploading photos of this set; thank you all for the positive feedback!

    Hope this goes to illustrate even further the range of photographic genres the OM-D and :43: in general can be used for. :wink:

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    <a href="http://500px.com/photo/42011614">Release</a>
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    <a href="http://500px.com/Eyes_Unclouded_Photography">Vassilios Zacharitsev</a>
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